FNUniv receives recognition for Health and Science Camps

January 29, 2014

First Nations University of Canada has received Actua’s “Making Friends with Science” award for its Health and Science Summer Camp. Actua is a charitable organization that aims to engage typically underrepresented and underserved youth in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. FNUniv’s Health and Science Camp offers hands-on introductions to the sciences and to a variety of career options in different fields.

Report highlights initiatives designed to improve Aboriginal workforce participation

January 15, 2014

A report released in December by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce highlights the many initiatives currently underway that focus on the improved participation of Aboriginal peoples in the workforce.

Valcourt issues open letter to AFN

December 18, 2013

Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, last week issued an open letter to Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, in response to Atleo’s letter of November 25.

Improving futures of Inuit youth

December 4, 2013

Recent articles in 2 large newspapers focus on improving the education outcomes of Inuit youth and empowering them to take control of their futures. In the Financial Post, JP Gladu, President of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, highlighted a recent Executive Roundtable on Inuit Education that explored the barriers Inuit youth face regarding education opportunities.

Inuit youth speak up for education, careers

November 20, 2013

At the recent Parnasimautik consultations held in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, local youth representatives made it clear that they want to know more about their future opportunities. Parnasimautik, which means “what you need to be prepared,” is the process by which regional organizations will draft a home-grown development plan, a “comprehensive vision for the development of the region,” which will be presented to the Quebec provincial government when complete. The 18-month consultation process is close to wrapping up, with only a few communities left to visit.

Leadership program in NU helps students get back on track

November 6, 2013

An innovative program running at a high school in Arviat, Nunavut, is helping students deal with life’s troubles so that they can focus on success. The Leadership Resiliency Program launched last year to help students learn communication and resiliency skills, and to give them a safe space to express themselves within a school setting.

UBC concludes investigation into ‘Pocahontas chant’

October 23, 2013

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia has pledged to include Indigenous topics as part of the school's core curriculum, in response to a fact-finding report that determined “there is very little awareness of Indigenous peoples and their concerns among the students … interviewed.” The investigation was launched after reports emerged that students took part in so-called “Pocahontas chants” during UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society Frosh activities.

Royal Roads opens Aboriginal Learning and Cultural Centre

October 9, 2013

Royal Roads University has officially opened its new Aboriginal Learning and Cultural Centre, which will provide a place in which to foster educational opportunities for Indigenous youth and for communication between First Nations groups and the larger community. The BC government invested $600,000 to transform the former Royal Roads boathouse and storage building into offices, classrooms and a large meeting space with waterfront views of Esquimalt Lagoon and Salish Sea.

Manitoba announces new programs for northerners

September 25, 2013

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger was at the new University College of the North campus in Thompson last week to announce 3 new training initiatives to help northern Manitobans secure quality employment. Through a $1.9-million investment, Manitoba is creating the Training to Employment Pathways Initiative (TEP), the Northern Apprenticeship Training Co-op, and the Process Operator in Training (POinT) Program.

uSudbury and Mushkegowuk Tribal Council bring Indigenous studies to James Bay coast

September 11, 2013

The University of Sudbury and the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, which represents the Cree communities of James Bay and northeastern Ontario, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer Indigenous Studies courses onsite in Moose Factory. The 2-year pilot project will mark the start of a long-term project to bring university education to the James Bay coast.